Dorothy Butler Gilliam, whose 50-year-career as a journalist put her in the forefront of the fight for social justice, offers a comprehensive view of racial relations and the media in the U.S. Most civil rights victories are achieved behind the scenes, and this riveting, beautifully written memoir by a "black first" looks back with searing insight on the decades of struggle, friendship, courage, humor and savvy that secured what seems commonplace today-people of color working in mainstream media.Told with a pioneering newspaper writer's charm and skill, Gilliam's full, fascinating life weaves her personal and professional experiences and media history into an engrossing tapestry. When we read about the death of her father and other formative events of her life, we glimpse the crippling impact of the segregated South before the civil rights movement when slavery's legacy still felt astonishingly close. We root for her as a wife, mother, and ambitious professional as she seizes once-in...
|Title||:||Trailblazer: A Pioneering Journalist's Fight to Make the Media Look More Like America|
|Number of Pages||:||368 pages|
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Trailblazer: A Pioneering Journalist's Fight to Make the Media Look More Like America Reviews
I liked this book, which is a memoir by the first black female reporter at the Washington Post. She lived through many interesting times and events, and really was a trailblazer. But although it was interesting, I didn’t feel like she did her own story justice. It doesn’t grab you.
I am always surprised when I read about a "first" these days ... first black female neurosurgeon candidate was the most recent (never mind that we're so far from parity/equality that it's absurd that these things still happen).
Dorothy Butler Gilliam was also a "first" - the first black female reporter at the Washington Post. Having come from covering the Little Rock Nine for one of the country's leading black newspapers, she brought with her a level of experience and talent that could not be ig ...more
This book reminds me just how important the black media is. Gilliam's journey through her career takes you into important historic events. I liked this book and would this book to those who like history or journalism.
An amazing set of stories by one of the, shall we say, trailblazing, African-American women journalists. Gilliam spent most of her career at the Washington Post and saw and did it all.
Somewhat surprisingly for a former print reporter, the writing is sometimes a little rambling or not quite as tight as it could be, even repetitive in places. It reads like she told the many stories to someone else who put the book itself together.
But those flaws are minor, I'm probably being a bit too critical sin ...more
Forging through the times
Ms. Gilliam shares her experience as the first African American woman in the newspaper business at the Washington Post. She accurately overlays the many changes in the American society for African Americans. Ms. Gilliam acknowledges the many people who supported her during her career and offers other supports in her life which brought her peace and joy.
Having witnessed the civil rights movement firsthand Dorothy Butler Gilliam's novel shows one woman's strength and perseverance during America's continued ethnocentrism is extremely informative. While I've seen 180-degree changes in numerous areas, I find the overall movement of racial inequality has been stymied by the current presidential administration and policies that have set the progress backward. Dorothy represents everything good in a human being in a time when the masses defended the " ...more
I was really excited to read this because the description sounded interesting and I was intrigued by Ms. Gilliam's life, but I had a tough time finishing this book.
She told some good stories in the beginning of the book, but she started losing me in the middle with her story telling style. It felt like she was jumping back and forth in time and telling the same story multiple times from different angles. There were a lot of sections where she seemed to be doing name dropping that didn't feel re ...more
Trailblazer is one of the most informative memoirs by a Black journalist that I've read over the years. I appreciated Ms Gilliam sharing her story of breaking barriers, overcoming obstacles both professional and personal. It is because of journalists like her that I became a journalist in my hometown, Gary, IN.